Ko Ko Wangi has been sold.
I am leaving today for KL (Kuala Lumpur) and I probably will not be back to our home of 12 years. This is goodbye to a cherished place and goodbye, too, to my amazing wonderland garden. While I am still sitting in my favorite room, the living room, consciously delaying my ultimate departure, my thoughts linger on pleasant memories: our two sons building bamboo rafts with the help of their friends. They have planned to navigate Sungai Endap as far as their embarkation will carry them upstream. It’s them, again, jumping from a rope into the river like young Tarzans. It can still here them laughing while chasing Megan the whole length of the house, armed with pillows. My thoughts move on to the guest room that my friend Jacqueline occupied for so long. Before Jacqueline, my brother and his wife stayed there and loved it so much that they took the attached bathroom design back to their Sausset les Pins home. And what about Elsa and Jackie who probably never needed a room, since there was the river! Hubby and I, the boys, our family and friends, we all shared great love for our Sungai, the river. And I especially treasure the memories of our picnics, with tables planted in the middle of the running stream, while being spied upon by a family of otters, a Chinese aigrette named Big Bird and the regular blue heron. Leaving home also means remembering the canine companions who shared it with us over the years and contributed to the digging of many holes underneath one particular corner of the fence. There were the Cocker Spaniels, Sunset, Midnight and their daughter Pepsy. Big Carmen who was a good old girl and new it well. Cassius Bonus du Baba au Rhum, my unconditional body guard. There too was Malibu and Athos Brutus; Aramis who was a very sick puppy and left too soon. And what about the Maltese, Kenzo, Ines and Lola? Last but not least there was Black Sherlock whose name still brings fear to our neighbors’ dogs. caramel and Mister K are still with us and will follow us to our new home in the city where they will learn to wait for the postman. ” I’m leaving home, Bye bye” And I am leaving Ko Ko Wangi in the hands of it’s new owners whom I know have already developed a great love for the Sungai and all the trees on the property. The automatic gate is finally closing behind me; my eyes are dry. It is time to go.